Connie’s centenary celebration

Connie Garraway with her card from the Queen and inset, with Ken and Hazel Smith.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121568-2042)
Connie Garraway with her card from the Queen and inset, with Ken and Hazel Smith. Picture: Sarah Standing (121568-2042)
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Freda Constance Garraway – known to her friends as Connie – had an unexpected surprise on her 100th birthday.

An afternoon tea party was thrown in her honour at a friend’s house. Ken and Hazel Smith, the Mayor and Mayoress of Havant, stopped by to wish her well.

Connie Garraway with Ken and Hazel Smith.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121568-2042)

Connie Garraway with Ken and Hazel Smith. Picture: Sarah Standing (121568-2042)

Connie also received a telegram from the Queen plus a card of congratulations from the Department for Work and Pensions.

She was treated to a delicious birthday cake and had lots of family and friends visiting her throughout the afternoon.

Connie was born in Copnor, Portsmouth, on April 30 1912 and grew up in the Baffins area.

She began working for Landports and later Allders, where she was a buyer for all the hosiery and jewellery the department store bought in.

Connie went on to marry Eric Garraway in 1958 at Christ Church Portsdown.

Although the couple had no children together, Connie has lots of family she’s close to with nephews and nieces, as well as her second cousin Josie Branscombe.

Even at the grand age of 100, Connie still lives in her own bungalow in Purbrook where she has lived for more than 50 years. She remained a member of the Women’s Institute well into her late nineties.

Josie says: ‘She’s got a better memory than all of us put together. She can talk about any subject.

‘At her party she had about 50 guests all coming in to see her.

‘She thanked everyone for coming, she was wonderful.

‘Everybody loves her. She has a lot of warmth and friendship in her and she has a wonderful mind.’